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What’s On February 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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GP Ice Race | Zell Am See-Kaprun, Austria | 1-2 February 2020

For the second year in a row, the legendary ice races of days gone-by will be returning to Zell am See after 40 years and running over two jam-packed days full of motorsport events in extreme conditions! Everyone from amateur and professional racers, teams and manufacturers will compete across a multitude of classes to be the best on the ice.

For more information visit the website.

GP Ice Race

Bathurst 12 Hours | Mount Panorama Circuit, Australia | 31st January – 2nd February 2020

Now in its 18th year, the 2020 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race will be held on the Mount Panorama Circuit, near Bathurst, Australia. This is the perfect opportunity for race lovers to see some of the best drivers handle a range of GT, touring car classes, GT3 and GT4 cars from Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin, Audi and more, around the track over the four days (with the main race held on the 3rd February). The Bathurst 12 Hour is also the opening round of the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge series, a sports car racing series consisting of international endurance races for grand tourer racing cars complying with the FIA’s GT3 regulations. For more information and contact details, visit the website.

Leadfoot Festival | Coromandel, New Zealand | 8 – 9 February 2020

Leadfoot Festival is New Zealand’s answer to the UK Goodwood Festival of Speed and is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and modern day machines to tackle the infamous hill climb of Rodd & Shelly Millen’s 150 acre Leadfoot Ranch. The event is family friendly and visitors are invited to dress in period style clothing to make it a true celebration of motorsports and all things automotive. For more information and to get tickets, visit the website.

Retromobile Paris | Paris, France | 5 – 9 February 2020

Held over 5 days, Retromobile attracts over 130,000 visitors to see cars from over 620 exhibitors with nearly a thousand vehicles spread over the 3 halls (equivalent to the size of seven football fields)! Although mostly classic cars, many modern day brands also exhibit, like Lamborghini and Bugatti, as well as showcases from concept cars of the future. For more information and to get tickets, visit the website.

Miami Yacht Show | One Herald Plaza, Miami | 13 – 17 February 2020

This year Miami’s premier luxury yacht show will be taking place from its new location at One Herald Plaza between the Venetian and MacArthur causeways. The in-water display of new and pre-owned vessels will showcase the world’s most extraordinary and uniquely designed yachts and superyachts from the world’s foremost custom boat builders. With a brand-new look & layout, the new location is just north of downtown Miami next to the Adrienne Arscht Center for the Performing Arts and the Sea Isle Marina and is just minutes from major interstates, famous shopping districts and the new Brightline station for easy access! For more information and ticketing information, visit the website.

Lamborghini Esperienza Accademia Neve | Livigno, Italy | 10 – 18 February 2020

Lamborghini Esperienza Accademia Neve is the global point of reference for ice driving courses worldwide, with guests learning how to handle the entire fleet of the Italian fleet in low-grip scenarios under the instruction of the professional Lamborghini instructors
Staying in luxury accommodation amongst the Italian Alps, for the first time this year guests will be able to experience the new Lamborghini Huracán EVO on the courses. 

The next edition of Lamborghini Esperienza Accademia Neve will be held at the Ghiacciodromo in Livigno, Italy on the following dates:

February 10 – 12, 2020
February 12 – 14, 2020
February 14 – 16, 2020
February 16 – 18, 2020

For more information and to apply to Lamborghini’s ice driving courses, download the brochure or visit the website.

*CANCELLED* The Ice – International Concours of Elegance St Moritz | St Moritz | 29 February 2020

Official Statement: We regret to inform you that according to Swiss Government Instruction related to the current situation, Corona Virus, THE ICE St. Moritz event of this weekend has to be cancelled.

Many will be familiar with the concept of a “Concours De Elegance” as a showing of some of the worlds finest vintage and often modern day cars, but The Ice, short for The International Concours of Elegance, is an entirely different experience.
In a spectacular event for all ages, the frozen lake of St Moritz plays host to a gathering of over 50 immaculate vintage, classic and sports cars highlighted against a snowy landscape.
Visitors can admire the vehicles in the pristine surroundings and enjoy food and beverages from the stately Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.
For more information and to get tickets, visit the website.

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What’s On August 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix |Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain | 7 – 9 August 2020

Held at the Silverstone Circuit for the second time this season, this race is Round 5 of the rearranged schedule for 2020 and celebrates the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Covering 52 laps of the 5.891km circuit, qualifying sessions will take place on the 7th & 8th of August with the final race on the 9th August.

For more information, visit the website.

Mercedes AMG Winter Wonderland | Queenstown, New Zealand | August 2020 (Canceled Due To COVID-19)

Official Statement: In light of the volatile global situation related to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the unpredictable international travel restrictions, we want to act responsibly with regard to our customers and employees and are, therefore, with regret, canceling all AMG Racetrack-Trainings and AMG Emotion-Tours of the AMG Driving Academy for 2020. This is no easy decision for us, as we would have been thrilled to allow you to experience our passion for and fascination with the Mercedes-AMG brand at our events in summer and autumn.

We have already shifted planning for next year’s events into overdrive. The AMG Winter Sporting in January 2021 marks the start. You will be able to book the events from autumn 2020.

For more information, visit Mercedes Experiences.

Mercedes AMG Driving Acadamy 1

Monterey Car Week | Monterey, USA | Friday 7th August – 16th August 2020 (Canceled Due to COVID-19)

Known as one of the world’s most prestigious and highly anticipated car weeks, Monterey Car Week is series of events covering almost every possible car you can imagine!

Unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this year’s Monterey Car Week has been canceled but will return next year with the following re-scheduled events:

  • Monterey Car Week Kick-Off
    August 6, 2021
  • Monterey Pre-Reunion
    Rescheduled to August 8 and 9, 2021
  • Automobilia Monterey Expo
    Rescheduled to August 9, 10 and 11, 2021
  • The Porsche Monterey Classic
    Rescheduled to August 9, 2021
  • Worldwide Auctioneers
    August 9 – Aug 12, 2021
  • Classic Motorsports Magazine Monterey Kickoff Cruise-In
    Rescheduled to August 10, 2021
  • Concours on the Avenue
    Rescheduled to August 10, 2021
  • McCall’s Motorworks Revival
    Rescheduled to August 11, 2021
  • Little Car Show
    Rescheduled to August 11, 2021
  • Carmel Mission Classic
    Rescheduled to August 11, 2021
  • Pebble Beach Motoring Classic
    Rescheduled to August 11, 2021
  • Prancing Ponies Car Show
    Rescheduled to August 11, 2021
  • Mecum Auto Auctions: Muscle Cars & More
    August 12-14, 2020
  • Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
    Rescheduled to August, 12-15, 2021
  • Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance Presented by Rolex
    Rescheduled to August 12, 2021
  • Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum
    Rescheduled to August 12 – 14th, 2021
  • Pebble Beach RetroAuto
    Rescheduled to August 12 – 14th, 2021
  • Russo and Steele
    Rescheduled to August 12 – 14th, 2021
  • The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
    Rescheduled to August 13, 2021
  • Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
    Rescheduled to August 13, 2021
  • Legends of the Autobahn
    Rescheduled to August 13, 2021
  • Pacific Grove Rotary Concours Auto Rally
    August 13, 2021
  • Werks Reunion
    August 13, 2021
  • Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions
    Rescheduled to August 13 and 14, 2021
  • Concorso Italiano
    Rescheduled to August 14, 2021
  • Exotics on Broadway
    Next show is Saturday August 14, 2021
  • Concours d’LeMons
    Next show is Saturday August 14, 2021
  • Annual Ferrari Owners Club Gathering
    Rescheduled to August 14, 2021
  • Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
    Rescheduled to Sunday August, 15 2021
  • RM Sotheby’s Monterey
    New Date TBD

For more information visit the website.

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance best of show

FuelRun Monterey | Santa Clarita – Monterey | 13-14th August 2020

While Monterey Car Week may be canceled this year, the team from Fuel Run are still hosting their annual Monterey rally for supercar, hypercar and luxury car owners to join the drive experience (safely and with proper social distancing and health precautions of course!)

This year participants will leave from the Porsche Center in Santa Clarita, take a scenic drive to Morro Bay before stopping for lunch and heading on to Monterey later in the day.

For guests who stay overnight there is also the option to join the team the following day for the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca Track Days

For more information and to register, visit the FuelRun website or check out their facebook page.

Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix |Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | 14 – 16 August 2020

Held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, this race is Round 6 of the rearranged schedule for 2020 and will see all teams battling to score valuable points for the season.

Covering 66 laps of the 4.655-kilometre Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, qualifying sessions will take place on the 14th & 15th of August with the final race on the 16th August.

For more information, visit the website.

Pure McLaren Hockenheim Experience | Germany | August 2020 (Canceled Due To COVID-19)

Official Statement: McLaren are committed to providing exceptional experiences, however, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff remains our highest priority. With the global uncertainly surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel our activities throughout 2020.

Pure McLaren is the exclusive driving program of McLaren, held throughout the year at some of the world’s greatest tracks with this months experience being held in Germany on the Hockenheimring Circuit.

Courses range from the entry level “experience” for prospective owners who want to get a feel for the McLaren range through to Owners Track Days and the Performance Academy for the track focused under the watchful guidance of their team of professional driving coaches.

  • Pure McLaren Experience: The perfect half day option for those looking to get their first taste of a McLaren.
  • Owner Track Days: For owners to learn how to maximise the use of their machine
  • Performance Academy: For owners who want to really test their skills and the limits of their car.

For more information and to book your spot on the track, visit the website.

Pure McLaren experience

Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix |Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps | 28 – 30 August 2020

Held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, this race is Round 7 of the rearranged schedule for 2020 and will see all teams battling to score valuable points for the season.

Covering 44 laps of the 7.00 kilometre Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, qualifying sessions will take place on the 28th & 29th of August with the final race on the 30th August.

For more information, visit the website.

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Watches & Wonders Announces Shanghai Event and Baselworld Re-emerges as “HourUniverse”

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Watches & Wonders announced a new event to be held in Shanghai later this year at the same time that Baselworld has re-emerged with a new show “HourUniverse.”
Watches & Wonders Shanghai

It’s been a strange year for watch show organizers.

First Baselworld world announced its 2020 show would be “postponed” until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chanel, Chopard, and Tudor chose to cancel their attendance at the rescheduled Baselworld 2021 in favor of creating their own event.

Next, TAG Heuer, Hublot, Bvlgari, and Zenith joined the exodus and also chose to leave Baselworld 2021.

A month later, the inevitable happened, and Baselworld 2021 was canceled all together with event organizers left searching for a new way to take the show forward.

Rolex, Chopard, Chanel and Tudor to leave Baselworld
MCH Group have announced HourUniverse will take the place of Baselworld. Credit: Baselworld

Meanwhile, Watches & Wonder also canceled their 2020 event amidst COVID-19 governmental and travel restrictions but then pivoted to debut a brand new “digital” event held at the same time the original physical show was scheduled.

Brands like A. Lange & Söhne, Cartier, Christophe Claret, Bovet, Hermes, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, MB&F, Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis, and Ulysse Nardin all joined the digital event to debut some of the first new watch designs of the year.

Having re-capped all of that, you could be forgiven for thinking that the remainder of this year would be rather quiet with the only physical watch show being the Geneva Watch Days, held later this year from August 26-29.

And yet, in less than 24 hours, both Watches & Wonders and the organizers of Baselworld have come forth with new events…

First, Watches & Wonders announced they would be expanding their reach with a new event to be held this year in Shanghai September 9-13.

Held at the West Bund Art Centre, Watches & Wonders Shanghai will be an invitation-only event with expert panels, workshops, and product launches from eleven brands, including A. Lange & Söhne, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC and Roger Dubuis.

The second unexpected announcement came from the organizers of Baselworld, who announced a re-brand to “HOURUNIVERSE” and dates for a new business/consumer-focused event to be held in April next year to align with Watches & Wonders Geneva.

HourUniverse Watch Show

Show organizers, The MCH Group, have shared that the “new platform named HOURUNIVERSE is a B2B2C meeting point that places the customers of the brands and exhibitors at the heart of its focus, reversing the order of the past. The entire platform is conceived and designed around them.”

The new “HOURUNIVERSE” format will include a digital platform that will provide watch and jewelry information for the community throughout the year and be supported by an annual live event in Basel for live product launches and networking.

It remains to be seen how the new HourUniverse compares to the format of previous Baselworld’s, but in the meantime, we’ll be left musing on the new watch shows slogan…

HourUniverse: It’s We Time!

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2020 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition Canceled

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Organizers of the 2020 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) have announced the cancellation of this year’s event.
NBAA Business Aviation Convention Exhibition Las Vegas Embraer
Embraer exhibiting at the 2019 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. Credit: NBAA

Organizers of the 2020 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) have announced the cancellation of this year’s event, previously scheduled to be held 6-8 October in Orlando, Florida.

The annual event is the world’s largest business aviation event and offers visitors and companies the chance to showcase the latest designs and innovations in business jets, aircraft, and helicopters.

NBAA Business Aviation Convention Exhibition Las Vegas
Visitors can view the latest business jets available from companies like Gulfstream and Bombardier. Credit: NBAA

The decision was prompted by the ongoing COVID-19 related concerns surrounding public health and safety as the Florida Department of Health issued recommendations to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people.

Many states and international countries are also navigating travel restrictions, making it impossible for certain individuals and companies from around the world to participate.

NBAA Business Aviation Convention Exhibition Las Vegas Airbus Helicopter
Airbus Corporate Helicopter ACH145 on display. Credit: NBAA

“The promotion of safety is a primary reason NBAA was founded in 1947, and safety is at the foundation of all we are today,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “As COVID-19 has emerged as a pandemic, NBAA has consistently looked to local, state, federal and global health officials to inform our decisions and guide our actions with regard to live events.”

According to Bolen, “NBAA has always advised its members to conduct a thorough risk evaluation before every flight to determine whether or not the mission can be safely conducted. We have brought that same discipline to the upcoming NBAA-BACE, and we regret that this year’s event must be grounded. We will immediately begin working with exhibitors and others as we wind down this year’s event and begin preparations for next year’s NBAA-BACE.

“On behalf of the NBAA Board of Directors, Advisory Council and association staff, we thank our convention exhibitors, attendees and other participants for their patience, loyalty and partnership as we move through these unprecedented and challenging times,” Bolen concluded.

NBAA Business Aviation Convention Exhibition Las Vegas Gulfstream
The 2021 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition will return to Las Vegas next year. Credit: NBAA

This year’s cancellation of the Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition adds to a growing list of events like the Geneva Motor Show, Basel World, and Monaco Yacht Show that have all been axed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition is set to return in 2021, and take place from 12-14 October in Las Vegas.

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